Popular pub smashes through £10k target

The Pear Tree Fund

Staff at the Queen’s Head at Bramfield are celebrating after smashing through an ambitious target to raise more than £10,000 for a much-loved local charity.

The popular pub chose the Pear Tree Fund as its charity of the year in 2019 after hearing about the support it offers to vulnerable local people. However, its staff and customers took the fund to their hearts and have continued to raise money for the charity ever since, with the total now standing at an impressive £10,598.

They have raised the money by holding a huge variety of activities, including musical bingo evenings, race nights, food tastings, raffles and a fashion show. A dedicated member of staff even ran the virtual London Marathon to raise funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most recently, the pub converted its restaurant into a full-sized pop-up charity book shop, raising £1,184 to help the Queen’s Head smash through the £10,000 barrier.

Kate Wood, owner of the Queen’s Head, said: “We’re delighted that we have been able to continue supporting the Pear Tree Fund and raise more than £10,000 for them. The charity does the most amazing work for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families and carers, as well as supporting the recently bereaved, people with mental health needs and much more. They’re an integral part of our community and the work they do is breath-taking.

“It was such a difficult time for charities during the pandemic, followed by the cost-of-living crisis, so passing the £10,000 mark is a real achievement. We’re eternally grateful to our wonderful customers who continue to support our work. Their generosity has been amazing.”

Lucy Smith, Pear Tree Fund trustee, said: “We are absolutely blown away by the fantastic sum raised for us by the dedicated staff at the Queen’s Head and their kind-hearted customers. We would like to say a huge thank you to every single person who has supported the activities arranged by the staff.

“Their generosity really will make a huge difference to local people when they need it the most.”

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